Tag Archives: Risk

The Shack

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you – Frederick Buechner, Telling the Truth – page 209

An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of his children.  He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one he gives all of himself as fully as if there were no others – A.W. Tozer (page 218)

Earth has no sorry that heaven cannot heal – author unknown (page 231)

She lives where there is no impatience.  She does not mind waiting. (page 235)

Faith never knows where it is being led.  But it knows and loves the one who does the leading. – Oswald Chambers, page 239

Earth’s crammed with heaven

And every common bush afire with God

But only he who sees takes off his shoes

The rest sit around it and pluck blackberries – Elizabeth Berrett Browning

Be in the game

Be in the game – 5th February

A great talk (seemed to be mixed in with a video) about getting involved in the game and not staying apart from it.


That is the thing with the parable of the talents – where it seems that God is using the talents to grow the people, and not just the people to grow the talents.


He talks about the way that for slaves this was like gaining the lottery, that this was full of risk (and more about risk than stewardship) and giving things up for God, and being prepared to let go of them, and also about going to bed full of ideas about what to do with this windfall and the tragedy of the man who does “same old, same old” and ends up doing nothing.

In Pursuit Of His Glory – Part 1

Discouragement of Bunyan

Key Words Encouragement Words Tongue Discouragement Blasphemy Unforgiveable Sin
Source In pursuit of his glory
Author Kendall, R.T.
Page 86
Quote Kendall talks about Monday mornings being bad for preachers. He talks about one Monday morning when he felt particularly down, because he felt he had preached so poorly the evening before.

He reached out for help to one friend who told him “This is a sign of God’s judgement on Britain. There isn’t much good preaching around”

He said he felt like the woman who had gone to Bunyan, fearing that she had committed the unpardonable sin. And Bunyan became convinced that she really had.

References Blasphemy against the Spirit (Matthew 12:31)

Taking risks

Key Words Risk Adventure Journey Embarking
Source In Pursuit of His Glory
Author Kendall, R.T.
Page 59
Quote If I’d though about it
I never would’ve had done it
I guess I would’ve let it slide
If I’d paid attention
To what others were thinkin’
The heart inside me would’ve died

Water and wine

Key Words Miracle Intervention Change Water Wine
Source In Pursuit of His Glory
Author Kendall, R.T
Page 43
Quote Kendall remembers the time that Carl Henry, the dean of American Evangelicalism, came to Westminster and was asked what he would do differently.

They were in Kendall’s car, just going past Buckingham palace, when he remembers him answering
“I would remember that only God could turn the water into wine”

What we expect

Key Words Desire Want Contentment Anticipation Joy Enjoy Pleasure
Source In Pursuit of His Glory
Author Kendall, R.T.
Page 39
Quote What we expect is always greater than what we enjoy

Succeed before ready

Key Words Success Youth Maturity Discipleship Faithfulness
Source In Pursuit of His Glory
Author Lloyd-Jones, Dr. D. M
Page 21
Quote The worst that can happen to a man is to succeed before he is ready

Preaching through Job

Key Words Preaching Expository Sermon
Source In Pursuit of His Glory
Author Kendall, R.T.
Page 141
Quote Kendall talks about the books he has preached through, the ones that he has found hard.

He quotes one evangelical scholar’s accusation that “every preacher who preaches through John has an uneasy feeling when it is over that he didn’t really understand it”

“I always wanted to preach on Job” he says but remembers the mistake of Joseph Carlyl in the mid-seventeenth century. He preached for fifty years on that book, beginning with a congregation of several thousand and ending with a congregation of 50

References On suffering (Job 1-42)

Not as bad as the truth

Key Words Gossip Rumours Truth Humility
Source In Pursuit Of His Glory
Author R.T. Kendall
Page 153
Quote Tells of time that Kendall was feeling particularly disillusioned. His friend David Pawson told him of a time that he had cried out to God “Lord these rumours are hurtful”.

He then felt God say to him” Well David they are not as bad as the truth. And I know the truth and still love you”

References The five husbands (John 4:16-18)

The antinomian gospel

Key Words Antinomian Gospel Ethics Freedom Grace Holiness Forgiveness
Source In Pursuit of His Glory
Author Kendall, R.T.
Page 97
Quote Kendall quotes Dr Martin Lloyd-Jones as having said that the if the gospel we preach is not accused of being anti-nomian it is probably not the gospel at all

Preaching and preparation

Key Words Preaching Prepartion Discipline
Source In Pursuit of His glory
Author Kendall, R.T.
Page 135
Quote If I knew I would have twenty-five years left to live, I would spend twenty of them in preparation.


Key Words Death Conversion Commitment Danger Fear
Source In Pursuit of his Glory
Author Kendall, R.T.
Page 284
Quote Talks of the dangers of foxhole conversions – McArthur used to say that there are no atheists in foxholes.

Wild At Heart – Part One

The frontier life

  Key Words Adventure Risk
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 1
  Quote From Howard Macey
“The spiritual life cannot be made suburban. It is always frontier, and we who live in it must accept and even rejoice that it remains untamed.”

Coming home to the moutains

  Key Words Adventure Risk
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 4
  Quote From John Muir
“When a man comes to the mountains, he comes home.”

I cannot find the reference, but it is round about here that Eldredge talks about man being created in the wilderness and only later being brought into the garden.

He quotes the North Face adverts that say
“I am not alive in an office, I am not alive in a taxi cab, I am not alive on a sidewalk.”

Eldredge later says (page 5)
It is fear that keeps a man at home where things are neat and orderly and under his control. But the answers to his deepest questions are not to be found on television or in the refrigerator.

Then he talks about the wilderness, the place where Moses receives his vocation and where Christ has his tested. For Christ the temptations are primarily a test of identity
“If you are the son of God.”

  References Man made in the garden (Genesis 2)
Temptation of Jesus (Mark 1)
Temptation of Jesus (Luke 4)
Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4)

The way life moves me

  Key Words Vocation Desire
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 9
  Quote From Christopher Fry
“Life is hypocrite if I can’t live the way it moves me.”

The deepest desires of man

  Key Words Vocation Adventure Desire
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 9
  Quote Eldredge says the deepest desires of man are found in a battle to fight, an adventure to live and a beauty to rescue.

The need to explore

  Key Words Adventure Wilderness Wildness Man Vocation
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 11
  Quote Eldredge comments on the films that men watch – Braveheart, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Magnificent Seven.

Men tune into the need for battle.

Bly says “In every relationship, something fierce is needed once in a while.”

When I personally first read these lines I was in a boat going through the Baltic, with a bunch of guys, and what we were reading were things like Bravo Two Zero, the Lord of the Rings and this book. We wanted to be wild, we wanted to jump into the sea, to conquer unknown lands, to be where we had never heard of, never mind never been before.

Eldredge says, like it not, there is something fierce in the heart of every man.

Ultimately this comes from God says Eldredge, borrowing Brueggemann’s phrase about God who is (page 12)
“wild, dangerous, unfettered and free.”

The wild image we bear

  Key Words Image Wild Dangerous Risk Adventure
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 19
  Quote This chapter looks at us bearing the image of God, and how God is not safe.

Quotes are:

Page 19
“How would telling people to be nice to one another get a man crucified. What government would execute Mister Rogers or Captain Kangaroo.” – Philip Yancey

“Safe? Who said anything about safe? “Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.” – C.S. Lewis

“This is a stem of that victorious rock
And let us fear
The native mightiness and fate of him.” – Henry V

Dorothy Sayers wrote (page 26) that the Church
“has very efficiently pared the claws of the lion of Judah, making him a fitting household pet for pale curates and pious old ladies.”

Page 29:
If you have any doubts as to whether or not God loves wildness, spend a night in the woods … Alone. Take a walk out in a thunderstorm. Go for a swim with a pod of killer whales. Get a bull moose mad at you. Whose idea was this, anyway? The Great Barrier Reef with its great white sharks, the jungles of India with their tigers, the deserts of the Southwest with all of those rattlesnakes – would you describe them as “nice” places? Most of the earth is not safe, but it’s good.

Page 30:
In an attempt to secure the sovereignty of God, theologians have overstated their case and left us with a chess-player God playing both sides of the board, making all his moves and ours too. But clearly this is not so. God is a person who takes immense risks.

Page 31:
The motif of “coming through” is one that Eldredge develops.
He lets the mob kill Jesus, bury him… Then he shows up. Do you know why God loves writing such incredible stories? Because he loves to come through. He loves to show us that he has what it takes.

It’s not the nature of God to limit his risks and cover his bases. Far from it. Most of the time, he actually lets the odds stack up against him.

When comparing God to a woman, Eldredge says (page 36)
God wants to be loved.

The reason that Eve wishes to be unveiled is that God does as well.
William Blake “The naked woman’s body is a portion of eternity too great for the eye of man.”

Identity of one we bear

  Key Words Baptism Identity Inheritance
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 21
  Quote Tells story of his friend Craig who discovered that his real great grandfather was William McConnell, the first missionary to Central America, a man who risked his life many times to bring Christ to a lost people.

Eldredge tells the story of how his friend changed his name as well to McConnell. This was in recognition of his great-grandfather and his father (Al McConnell who was killed in the Korean war when Craig was only a few months old) and against his adoptive father who used to denigrate him by calling him a “seagull”.

For me this reminds me of how we are renamed in Christ, and in baptism we discern an identity more shaping than our passport.

The Goodly Fere

  Key Words Adventure Risk
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 28
  Quote – Reading this also reminds me of a sermon I heard from Alistair May during Holy Week 2005, about the way that in John’s garden the conflict isn’t even close, Jesus remains Lord in the garden in John

By Ezra Pound. The word “Fere” means companion or mate.

Ha’ we lost the godliest fere of all
For the priests and the gallows tree?
Aye lover he was of brawny men,
O’ ships and the open sea.

When they came wi’ a host to take Our Man
His smile was good to see,
“First let these go,” quo’ our Goodly Fere
“Or I’ll see you damned,” says he.

Aye he sent us through the crossed high spears
And the scorn of his laugh rang free,
“Why took ye not me when I walked about
Alone in the town?” says he.

Oh we drunk his “Hale” in the good red wine
When we last made company,
No capon priest was the Goodly Fere
But a man o’ men was he.

I ha’ seen him drive a hundred men
Wi’ a bundle o’ cords swung free,
That they took the high and holy house
For their pawn and treasury…

I ha’ seen him cow a thousand men
On the hills o’ Galilee,
They whined as he walked out calm between,
Wi’ his eyes like the grey o’ the sea,

Like the sea that brooks no voyaging
With the winds unleashed and free,
Like the sea that he cowed at Genseret
Wi’ twey words spoke suddenly.

A master of men was the Goodly Fere
A mate of the wind and sea,
If they think they ha’ slain our Goodly Fere
They are fools eternally.

  References Arrest in Gethsemene (John 18)
Arrest in Gethsemane (Matthew 26)
Arrest in Gethsemane (Mark 14)
Arrest in Gethsemane (Luke 22)

Risk of love

  Key Words Love Risk Wound Hurt
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 32
  Quote From C.S.Lewis
“Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal.”

Thou art the brook

  Key Words Home Return Dependence Identity
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 35
  Quote George MacDonald-
Thou art my life – I the brook, thou the spring.
Because thine eyes are open, I can see,
Because thou art thyself; tis therefore I am me.

C.T.Studd – The Biography – Part 4

A gambler for God

  Key Words Evangelism Risk Adventure
  Source C.T. Studd
  Source Author Grubb, Norman
  Location 127
  Quote On Studd after his mission committee told him he could go to Africa, but not (on doctor’s advice) south of Khartoum:

Penniless, turned down by the doctor, dropped by the Committee, yet told by God to go, what was he to do? “The only honest thing.” Once more he stake all on obedience to God. As a young man he staked his career, in China he staked his fortune, now he staked his life. A gambler for God! He joined the ranks of the great gamblers of the faith: Abraham, Moses, etc. in Hebrews xi, and the true apostolic succession, “Men that have hazarded (gambled with) their liver for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

No wonder he once wrote, “No craze so great as that of the gambler and gambler for Christ was ever cured, thank God!”

His answer to the committee was this, “Gentlemen, God has called me to go and I will go. I will blaze the trail, though my grave may only become a stepping stone that younger men may follow.”

He carried out his Master’s word to the letter “He that shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s shall find it.” The next twenty years were to prove the truth of the last paragraph, “shall find it.”

  References The gamblers of the Faith (Hebrews 11)
Risked their lives (Acts 15:26)
Life for my sake (Luke 17:33)
Loses his life (Matthew 10:39)
Loses his life (Mark 8:35)

Christ’s etceteras

  Key Words Humility Service
  Source C.T. Studd
  Source Author Grubb, Norman
  Location 136
  Quote For this purpose we have banded ourselves together under the name of the Christ’s etceteras, and invite others of God’s people to join us in the glorious enterprise. We are merely Christ’s nobodies, otherwise Christ’s etceteras.

Later Studd writes (page 138)
We will not build on the sand, but on the bedrock of the sayings of Christ, and the gates and minions of hell shall not prevail against us. Should such men as we fear?

We will have the real holiness of God, not the sickly stuff of talk and dainty words and pretty thoughts; we will have a Masculine Holiness, one of daring faith and works for Jesus Christ.

  References The two builders (Matthew 7)

The committee I work under

  Key Words Committee Structure Employment Service
  Source C.T. Studd
  Source Author Grubb, Norman
  Location 142
  Quote Studd:

The committee I work under is a conveniently small Committee, a very wealthy committee, a wonderfully generous Committee and is always sitting in session – the Committee of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

We have a multi-millionaire to back us up, out and away the wealthiest person in the world. I had an interview with Him. He gave me a cheque-book free and urged me to draw upon him. He assured me His firm clothes the grass of the field preserves the sparrows, counts the hairs of the children’s heads. He said the Head of the Firm promised to supply all our need, and to make sure, One of the Partners or rather Two, were to go along with each member of our parties, and would never leave us or fail us.

Motivation for young people

Quotes Given to Cathkin School Leavers – 2008

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do rather than those that you did do. So… sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover” Mark Twain

“The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible and achieve it, generation after generation.” Pearl S. Buck

A definition of success attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better…

To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived,

This is to have succeeded.”

“There’s only two things I had to do to win the Olympic gold: Train when I wanted to, and train when I didn’t” – Peter Vidmar, Olympic Gold Winner

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas Alva Edison